The Quiraing to Cannes: Staffin at the movies again!

STAFFIN is poised to get a Hollywood-sparked economic boost with a new movie – filmed in the Quiraing – hotly tipped for award success.

The glitterati have pitched up the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where a new adaptation of “MacBeth”,  starring Michael Fassbender, is one of 19 contenders for the top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or.

It is the most prestigious film award around – apart from the Oscars – so the £25million film, which was shot in the Quiraing in February last year and ...

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Staffin’s broadband shortcomings feature on TV

STAFFIN featured prominently in a national television broadcast on Tuesday night about the community’s sluggish internet speeds.

Nick Wakeham of Skyelight Candles shop/workshop in Garafad and Donald MacDonald of the Staffin Community Trust both appeared on BBC ALBA’s respected An Là news programme to discuss the current service in the district, amid hopes that a new scheme can secure superfast broadband for the whole area.

John White of Kilmuir’s outdoor activity business Whitewave also appeared on the news report by BBC ALBA’s Eilidh ...

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Staffin Trust backs new Skye fossil protection scheme

THE Staffin Community Trust and Staffin Museum have both backed a new scheme aimed at protecting important fossil finds in Skye. SCT and the museum in Elishadder, owned by Dugald Ross, have become members of The Skye Fossil Communication Loop which has been set up by Scottish Natural Heritage.  

It comes after concerns were raised last year about the loss of important fossils and potential damage from reckless collectors. In 2011, a significant amount of rock was disturbed at Bearreraig Bay, near the Storr ...

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Limited superfast broadband for Staffin

A HIGH speed internet connection will be rolled out to Staffin – but large swathes of the district will struggle to access it.
A meeting was held in Kilmuir Hall on Wednesday night (29.4) hosted by the North Skye Broadband Project  and residents in Trotternish outlined their current internet speeds, amid several complaints about slow broadband.
The project, which is being led by Glendale Trust, is investigating current online speeds in its own community, Kilmuir and Waternish.
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Staffin support for campaign to save Portree Hospital

ALARMED Staffin residents are among the 1,500 people who have signed a petition demanding that a controversial move to remove beds at Portree Hospital and reduce 24-hour care is reversed.

At the time of writing, the Save Portree Hospital campaign group’s online petition has attracted the signatures of 1,530 people. It was only launched after a public meeting in the Skye Gathering Hall last month which attracted 300 people.  

The campaign group has warned that a “mistake” was made by NHS Highland when it decided ...

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Thailand tsunami orphans visit Staffin

A GROUP of orphans, who survived the devastating Asian tsunami, enjoyed a visit to Staffin this week.

The Boxing Day disaster on 26 December 2004 saw a tsunami hit Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. It left death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, with the death toll estimated at 250,000 people.

Two days later police and forensic specialists from 40 countries travelled to Thailand to help with the vast human tragedy and identified more than 4,600 victims in the southern region. ...

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Hacked off with Staffin and Kilmuir’s broadband speed?

A NEW online survey – which will investigate the broadband speed in Trotternish – is now live, as efforts to secure a high speed internet connection gather speed.

Businesses and residents in Staffin and Kilmuir are being urged to complete the short survey, which only takes two minutes, so that an accurate picture of the current broadband service in the peninsula can be measured.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here

It comes as the North Skye Broadband Project, which is being led by ...

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Staffin’s outdoor Gaelic course returns

A POPULAR outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin is set to return this summer.

The Staffin Community Trust hosts Gaelic broadcaster Roddy MacLean’s course Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas in June and August.

The 10-day Gaelic in the environment course is aimed at fluent Gaelic speakers and advanced learners. This year it is offered in two five-day blocks and is suitable for countryside rangers, teachers, people employed in heritage and tourism in Scotland and beyond. It is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

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Staffin businesses cracking into Easter

STAFFIN businesses are gearing up for the start of the 2015 visitor season with the Easter weekend upon us.

Premises have been painted/refurbished, stock orders have been arriving and menus have been revamped. Some businesses have even launched new ventures, like the Skye Pie Café.

While Staffin is by no means a closed shop during the so-called “shoulder months” between October and March, the A855 is already noticeably busier with traffic of all shape and sizes – and speeds!

Please note that if you admiring ...

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Slipway: drop in consultation on Saturday

AN UPDATE on the Staffin Slipway Development will be provided this weekend as the feasibility stage nears completion.
The Staffin Community Trust is hosting a drop-in community consultation on Saturday (21.3) to provide the latest information on the transformational project.
Marine engineering firm Wallace Stone, environmental consultant Duncan Bryden and economist Steve Westbrook have been investigating the project’s potential and reviewing the construction options in the last year. Aspect Land and Hydrographic Surveys Ltd has also carried out a seismic report ...
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